For hellraiser Amy Poehler, there’s no place like home. Well, kinda sorta. “When I was growing up in Burlington, Harvard University used to be a group of buildings we threw rocks at on our way to a real job,” she muses on stage while receiving the 2015 Hasty Pudding Award from the Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard. “As I drove by and gave the middle finger to this place, I never knew you guys would be giving me all this shit.”
After a parade down Massachusetts Avenue and a comedy roast, the star of NBC’s Parks and Recreation was celebrated as Hasty Pudding’s 2015 Woman of the Year and endured a series of challenges and light-hearted jokes orchestrated by Harvard students in drag.
Then, Poehler proceeded to roast the roasters.
“I’d like to thank the Hasty Pudding for reminding us how hard it is to write funny jokes,” Poehler deadpans to the all-male Pudding cast.
Tipping her hat to her alma mater, Poehler donned a Boston College baseball cap in one sequence of the roast and lauded her blue-collar roots throughout the ceremony. “I haven’t seen so many smiling white faces since I took my top off at a mime convention,” she jokes.
Poehler, an advocate for empowering America’s youth with her online Smart Girls at the Party community, continued with the subversive humor backstage while receiving what she called a “fake award,” the gold pudding pot. The discussion then turned to the Super Bowl. Poehler admitted she’s a die-hard New England Patriots fan while her Parks and Recreation co-star, Chris Pratt, favors the Seattle Seahawks.
Pratt, who was homeless for a stint in Hawaii before becoming an actor, was selected as the 2015 Hasty Pudding’s Man of the Year and is receiving his pudding pot on Friday, Feb. 6.
“If only we could be here together,” the 42-year-old author of Yes Please says. “We could arm wrestle and solve the world’s problems.”
Poehler, who has celebrated women of all ages, shapes and colors with her Smart Girls platform, has worked with homeless youth in the past. Her advice: “Nobody can be you. You’re your own secret weapon. Get out of your head. Talk less and do more.”